Match Report: Buckie Thistle 2 Deveronvale 0
Buckie took the points this afternoon when the traditional Banffshire rivals met at a wet and windy Victoria Park. Conditions were poor in the first-half and deteriorated further in the second-half as the wind picked up and the rain got heavier. Had the conditions been the same at kick-off as they were at full time there would have been doubts about the game going ahead. It did but it was it was difficult for either team to play the quality football they were hoping to provide for the enjoyment of the fans attending.
The first half-hour of the match saw both sides try to pass the ball in the difficult conditions but there were very few clear-cut chances, although Buckie did more of the pressing. It looked after 35 minutes that it was heading for a HT at 0-0 until referee Harry Bruce gave, what seemed to many, one of the softest penalty awards of the season. Whilst keeper Errol Watson and a Vale defender moved to block a Buckie attacker in the box the player went to ground with no really obvious contact having taken place. Vale players and fans were clearly very unhappy with the decision, but it stood, and Steven Ross scored with a well taken spot kick.
The second half saw more Buckie pressure with a strong wind behind them and Errol Watson made some important saves to keep Vale in the game. Vale made changes up front, bringing on Sam Robertson and Jody Munro for Robert Scott and Steven Davidson in an effort to put pressure on the Buckie defence and get back on even terms. Vale did become more of a threat later in the half, however, Buckie doubled their lead with about 10 minutes to go when a corner from Andy MacAskill appeared to slip through a ruck of players in the Vale goalmouth and find its way into the far corner of the net.
In summary, a fairly poor-quality game with the final whistle being one of the highlights. On balance Buckie deserved the win but, in the conditions, it took a couple of breaks to get them there. Vale again had a large and very vocal travelling support which gave the game some atmosphere on a dreich afternoon.